Donald Cerrone has become of the UFC’s top and most feared lightweights thanks to highlight reel destructions of fighters like Melvin Guillard and Dennis Siver among others, and yet, in pivotal bouts versus Anthony Pettis and Nate Diaz he’s come up short. Although he went all three rounds with Diaz and was outgunned for the unanimous decision loss, against Pettis, he was quickly put away by his rival with a liver crunching kick.
So, does that mean Cerrone is just not championship material? Or is he choking in the biggest fights of his career? Naturally, Cerrone believes it’s the latter, which is why he’s been spending time with a new sports psychologist as he prepares for his UFC 160 bout with KJ Noons (which should be fantastic). In a recent interview with MMA Fighting.com, the 30 year-old “Cowboy” relayed the following, when asked about his disappointing losses to Diaz and Pettis.
“It’s like, I don’t know if it’s the camera or the pressure, but I’ve got to figure that out,” said Cerrone. “Whatever makes me fight hard to get there, and then I seem to, like, fold under pressure. I don’t know. I’m tryin’ to [figure it out]. I got a new sports psychologist tryin’ to work those kinks out.”
Cerrone also discussed the recent scare and injuries he incurred in a recent climbing accident, as well as new changes he’s made to his diet to prepare for his May 25th bout with Noons (Cerrone became one of the world’s best lightweights while eating a steady stream of candy apparently).
Stay tuned to MMA Frenzy.com for future developments regarding UFC 160 and Cerrone vs. Noons.
Article by Kelsey Mowatt
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